Monday, June 20, 2011

Evangeline Lilly Joins THE HOBBIT Cast

The casting process for "The Hobbit" is moving forward, the latest additions to the cast being Evangeline Lilly (Kate from "Lost") and Barry Humphries (Dame Edna from "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"). The news came via Peter Jackson's Facebook account. Lilly will be playing a new character that was not featured in Tolkien's novel. This is one of the major big screen projects for the Golden Globe nominated actress, the other being another supporting role in Disney's "Real Steel" alongside Hugh Jackman this October. She has also appeared briefly in "The Hurt Locker". Peter Jackson also announced they have completed filming some of the studio-set scenes and is now preparing to scout locations. He also reassures fans that more news will come. You can read the full official announcement after the jump.

"Yikes! I can finally get back to some postings! We've finished our first block of shooting and moved straight into location scouting. More on that soon... But today, I'm thrilled to announce two new cast members who will be joining us for our second block of shooting.
Evangeline Lilly will be playing a new character—the Woodland Elf, Tauriel. Her name means 'daughter of Mirkwood' and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing! (No, there is no romantic connection to Legolas.) What is not a secret is how talented and compelling an actress Evangeline is; we are thrilled and excited she will be the one to bring our first true Sylvan Elf to life.
I'm also highly excited that Barry Humphries will be portraying the Goblin King, in much the way Andy Serkis created Gollum. Barry is perhaps best known for his business and social connections as the long-time manager of Dame Edna Everage. He has also been an ardent supporter of the rather misunderstood and unfairly maligned Australian politician, Sir Les Patterson. However, in his spare time, Barry is also a fine actor, and we're looking forward to seeing him invest the Goblin King with the delicate sensitivity and emotional depth this character deserves.
Evangeline and Barry, along with Welsh actor Luke Evans as Bard and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug, just about rounds out the major casting. I cannot wait to get stuck into these new scenes!
More soon, including a flurry of answers to your questions. Sorry for the delay!
Cheers, Peter J"


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